Monday, June 20, 2011

Kingdom of God -vs- Kingdom of Heaven

Is the kingdom of God the same as the kingdom of heaven

Although the two terms can and have been used interchangeably in scripture, they are a little different (similar to the difference between scripture's usage of Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit).

Simply put, the kingdom of God is the general term used for both spheres of God's overall kingdom in heaven and on earth [Gen 1:1]! The God of Heaven has a Kingdom that consists of two realms: heaven and earth.

In Israel's old testament scripture, they are waiting for the God of heaven to set up his kingdom here on the earth—thus, the kingdom of heaven on the earth!

Daniel 2:44
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Luke 11:2
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

When the bible uses the term, kingdom of God usually deals with the ‘spiritual’ aspect of his kingdom—that is, not the ‘physical’ aspect of it, but the righteousness of it!

Our apostle tells us…

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And when the bible uses the term kingdom of heaven, it usually refers to the actual physical, visible, earthly, Davidic kingdom to come!

I know it can be a little confusing, but the more you study out the passages with this in mind over the years, the clearer it will become!

Hopefully this helps!

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